Fixed Dental Appliances
In the past, once you lost all your teeth, the only way to replace them was a denture. Although dentures are the least expensive alternative, patients find that they have to get used to wearing then, and weary of loose ill-fitting dentures that feel very unnatural. Today, dental implants changes everything, giving us much more options.
Types of fixed dental appliances.
First is individual dental implants, with connecting fixed bridges. To try to replace all 14 teeth in an arch with a single implant would be very expensive, plus too many implants can weaken the bone structure. Usually, 8 implants can be placed in the arch of the jawbone, and a series of 4 three-unit fixed bridges can be placed on the abutments anchored to the imbedded implants. The limitations could be if there has been a lot of bone loss the effects the contour of the gumline. However, although more expensive, if the patient is a candidate, the result will look very natural. Cost for 8 implants, 8 abutments, and 12 crowns would be around $15,500, not counting extractions and any bone grafts if needed.